All the Time in the World
Semiconductor, 2005, 5 min, UK
A geological time frame is rendered in human seconds and minutes while
the convolutions of the earth are enacted in ‘reel’ time.
Part magic, part science this engaging work maintains a sense of wonder
at the miraculous transformations of nature.
Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda 360
Dan Shipsides, 2007, 2 min, UK
A kind of existential performance of man and camera on a remote Scottish
mountain recreates the experience of ‘being there’ while
simultaneously disrupting the frame of conventional representations
Ruins in Reverse: Selective Landscape Painting
Genevieve Staines, 2005, 5 min, Australia
A deceptively simple technique of systematically erasing the architecture
of Brisbane from its surrounding landscape touches on deeper issues
of conservation and survival in the Australian environment. The revenge
of nature is ready to undo the work of civilisation.
Portrait of Ga
Margaret Tait, 1952, 4 min, UK
A touching portrait of Tait’s mother is set in her native Orkney
Islands where life was hard but never lacking in poetry and individual
creativity. Tait’s impressionistic visual style profoundly influenced
subsequent generations of experimental filmmakers in the UK.
David Theobald, 2007, 5 min, UK
An animated ice cream van’s tinkling rendition of Greensleeves
is activated each time the vehicle manages to edge forward a few feet
in a motorway jam. The anthem of Englishness is neatly juxtaposed with
the nightmare of motorway driving, which nowadays serves as a standard
experience of country for many British citizens.
Mobidocs: Country Song
Warwick Thornton & Darren Dale, 2007,
2 min, Australia
Max Stuart, an Aboriginal elder sits by a fire musing on the old way of communicating
with smoke signals and by singing across the country to his neighbours.
Nowadays, with the white fella’s mobile invention, you can speak
to another person ‘just like that’, instantaneously. ‘Smart’,
Hugh Watt, 2007, 5 min, UK
The cool, metallic arms of wind generators rhythmically slice through
an open landscape shrouded in darkness. We sense the hope invested in
this monumental technology, designed to unite the man-made and the magnanimous
forces of nature. But the question remains: will it be enough?